Who Can Submit?

Anyone may submit an original work (article, essay, interview, visual artwork) to be considered for publication in Research on Diversity in Youth Literature provided they own the copyright to the work being submitted or is authorized by the copyright owner or owners to submit the work. Authors are the initial owners of the copyrights to their works (an exception to this might exist in the non-academic world if the authors have, as a condition of employment, agreed to transfer copyright to their employer).

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General Submission Rules

Submitted work cannot have been previously published or be forthcoming in an archival journal or book (print or electronic). Please note: "publication" in a working-paper series does not constitute prior publication. In addition, by submitting material to Research on Diversity in Youth Literature, the author is stipulating that the material is not currently under review at another journal (electronic or print) and that they will not submit the material to another journal (electronic or print) until the completion of the editorial decision process at Research on Diversity in Youth Literature.

Authors are responsible for obtaining all permissions and sending them to the editors.

Research including human subjects must be accompanied by IRB approval.

If you have concerns about the submission terms for Research on Diversity in Youth Literature, please contact the editors.

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Formatting Requirements

We have adjusted our style guide policy: you may submit your essay using any style guide so long as you are complete and consistent, but know that should it be accepted for publication, your revision must be submitted adhering to MLA 8. Please submit a Word docx.. See Manuscript Preparation Guidelines for details.

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Rights for Authors and SOPHIA

As further described in our submission agreement (the Submission Agreement), in consideration for publication of the article, the authors assign to SOPHIA all copyright in the article, subject to the expansive personal-use exceptions described below.

Attribution and Usage Policies

Reproduction, posting, transmission or other distribution or use of the article or any material therein, in any medium as permitted by a personal-use exemption or by written agreement of SOPHIA, requires credit to SOPHIA as copyright holder (e.g., SOPHIA © 2021).

Personal-use Exceptions

The following uses are always permitted to the author(s) and do not require further permission from SOPHIA provided the author does not alter the format or content of the articles, including the copyright notification:

  • Storage and back-up of the article on the author's computer(s) and digital media (e.g., thumbdrive, back-up servers, etc.), provided that the article stored on these computers and media is not readily accessible by persons other than the author(s);
  • Posting of the article on the author(s) personal website, provided that the website is non-commercial;
  • Posting of the article on the internet as part of a non-commercial open access institutional repository or other non-commercial open access publication site affiliated with the author(s)'s place of employment (e.g., a Phrenology professor at the University of Southern North Dakota can have their article appear in the University of Southern North Dakota's Department of Phrenology online publication series); and
  • Posting of the article on a non-commercial course website for a course being taught by the author at the university or college employing the author.

People seeking an exception, or who have questions about use, should contact the editors.

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General Terms and Conditions of Use

Users of the SOPHIA website and/or software agree not to misuse the SOPHIA service or software in any way.

The failure of SOPHIA to exercise or enforce any right or provision in the policies or the Submission Agreement does not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any term of the Submission Agreement or these policies is found to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties' intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions of the Submission Agreement and these policies remain in full force and effect. These policies and the Submission Agreement constitute the entire agreement between SOPHIA and the Author(s) regarding submission of the Article.

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